When the temperature mellows in Beaverton, the last thing you want to have to be worried about is sustaining a comfortable home. If everything were perfect, it would be mindless and you'd be relaxing on the couch taking in the comfort of your home and not thinking twice about what's happening outside. Of course it may not be that simple, and there are a few things that could be happening in your home that could end up with you scheduling air conditioner repair or trying to decipher why your bill is so high.
There are a number of causes for an increase in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we usually hear about at Garoken Energy Co. Inc..
- Air is leaking out through the glass of your windows - when air touches the glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help decrease the effect that the glass has on your cozy home, be certain that you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving light during the day.
- Not enough attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it doesn't have enough insulation. Of course this means you might be losing cool air through your attic, which then makes your air conditioner work harder, and may eventually lead to the need for air conditioner repair. You can easily take a look and see if you have plenty of insulation by looking in your attic to see if the insulation is below or even with the joists. If it is, you probably need more insulation.
- Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more obvious and visible to the naked eye or big enough to feel drafts sneaking in, but sometimes that may not be what's happening. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to figure out whether you need to add weather stripping to close up those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps can make your air conditioner work more than it needs to, potentially increasing the chance that you'll need air conditioner repair.
We hope these couple tips can help you discover any problem-spaces in your home that could be diminishing the comfort of your home. If you have any questions about air conditioners, air conditioner repair, or any number of other things related to heating or cooling your home, give us a ring at 503-374-1934 or arrange an appointment with us online.